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Thursday, June 23, 2016

20 Things I've Learned By 20

1.) Don't waste your life obsessing over social media. When life is said and done your contribution to the Kingdom is vastly more importantly than anything temporal or trivial. Don't let yourself become too emotionally or physically invested in false reality. 

2.) Don't choose your friends or relationships based on their level of popularity or the connections they could give you by associating yourself with them. Dating or befriending someone solely because their dad has a big church or because they're well connected is shallow. Love people for who they are not "Who" they are. 

3.) Traveling as often and as far as you possibly can is a gift that lasts a lifetime. Memories you make while traveling are invaluable. 

4.) People you truly get you and understand all the intricacies of your soul, and the ideas that compose who you are, are extraordinarily few and far between. 

5.) Your relationships with your family should be first priority. Cherish your time with them. Tomorrow isn't promised. 

6.) Discipleship is everything. It's is the only lasting investment. 

7.) The most beautiful moments of my life will be spent in the presence of the Lord. I love His presence. It is incomparable. Why He cares about me and my mess and my dreams is beyond me. I'm so undeserving. But so thankful. 

8.) Don't wait until holidays and birthdays to show those around you how much you care. Like Cary Grant, buy someone a gift or send someone a novel long text or card because, "It's Tuesday" and you want to show them how much they mean to you. 

9.) Materialism is toxic. 

10.) You can learn so much simply by listening to someone else's story. 

11.) When I grow up I want to be Kendra Shock. 

12.) Live your life without searching for applause. In life you will do many unnoticed deeds. Let God promote you and reward you in His timing. Remember that His Glory is center stage, we are simply stage hands. 

13.) READ as much and as often as you can. Not only does it expand your worldview, but it shifts your paradigm and increases your vocabulary. 

14.) Love the cashier, befriend the waitress, be considerate of the coworker. They may be fighting battles we know nothing about. 

15.) There are many things that God has called you to do as an individual. But remember that the Bible says to be "instant, in season and out". In other words, move with God. Don't be so focused on one special calling or dream that you miss the leading of His Spirit. The apostle Paul operated not only as a missionary, but as a Pastor, teacher, evangelist and a Prophet. Don't become so obsessed with one calling that you miss something greater. 

16.) Remember people's names. It makes a huge difference. It has been said that the most important word in any language is someone's name. 

17.) Have hobbies. There is nothing more boring that conversing with someone who doesn't do anything outside of work. The most interesting people are those who have talents and hobbies that most know nothing about. 

18.) Singing is not a ministry. Leading people into worship is all about ushering the very Presence of God into His sanctuary. It's all about creating an atmosphere that allows His spirit to move freely and miraculously. In the same vein, worship starts on the floor of your bedroom. Platform worship is only a small extension of consistent private worship. 

19.) Be present. You don't get a rewind button.  

20.) Surround yourself with people who make you want to better in all areas of your life.

This year has been a God year. It's been a year of God proving Himself to me over and over and over again. 

Here's to 20. Leggo.